The Philadelphia Eagles have finally decided to pull Michael Vick from today’s rivalry game against the New York Giants, as the veteran QB was clearly far too hobbled to do anything. Vick and Barkley are the Eagles only active QBs today, as Nick Foles was ruled out and the Eagles opted not to call up G.J. Kinne to the 53-man roster.
Vick’s hamstring injury was expected to keep him from being 100% today, but he seemed confident enough in his ability to at least be somewhat effective. He’s been far from effective and facing a below-average Giants pass defense hasn’t helped. He clearly looked off out there, and we cracked on Twitter account that he didn’t even look 50% out there. Vick will leave the game with just 3.4 yards per attempt, one interception, and one rush for one yard. Not only was he injured coming into the game, but he also seemed to aggravate the injury.
The Eagles contemplated bringing in the rookie Barkley earlier in the game, but they decided to stick with Vick a bit longer before finally choosing to bench him. Vick was seen swapping a helmet for a baseball cap while Barkley was throwing passes on the sidelines, but Vick wouldn’t wear the cap permanently until later on.
Hopefully Barkley can do well and provide a spark for this offense, and I’m optimistic that he’ll be solid. Still, this is hardly ideal for the Eagles. Barkley, by the way, fumbled his first snap but recovered and hit up TE Brent Celek for nine yards.